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So Much Done…

And yet so little to show for it.  It’s been a super busy week, and I’ve actually gotten a lot of knitting done… you just can’t tell.

Driving to and from Grandma’s funeral on Monday I was to car sick to attempt to fix Josh’s hat, but Tuesday I did manage to figure out a way to make it longer (tutorial tomorrow I swear!).  I spent the rest of the day picking back stitches from the bottom.  I’ve never looked at a stupid hat with so much will to have it over and done with!  By the time Josh left for Minneapolis (where the high for the weekend would be 36 *shiver*), it still looked like this…

Picked the wrong time of day for this picture :P

Picked the wrong time of day for this picture 😛

It is well on its way, and I just need Josh and his head back home so I can make doubly sure it’s the right length this time.  Because I love him, so much, but not enough to redo this hat again.

Tuesday we took LS to her first baseball game!  (Where there was also no knitting.)  Having grown up in San Diego, my team has always been the Padres.  Josh grew up in LA and roots for the Dodgers.  Some day LS will pick a side.  Until then, she gets dressed like this…

She will be a confused child I'm sure.

She will be a confused child I’m sure.

Of corse it was cold out, so sadly Daddy won out and they were wearing their matching Dodger blue.

"Take that Mommy!"

“Take that Mommy!”

We took the trolley down to the stadium, and had a great time harassing each other about who would win.  Sadly, my Padres tried to come back a little late in the game, and lost 3-4 :,(  LS was super entertained by everything about being at the game.  The people, the lights, the noise!  She had a blast!  So much so that she completely crashed on the ride home.  We had a great time.

LS's first baseball game!

LS’s first baseball game!

Thursday Josh had to take off for the weekend again.  (His job requires him to travel most weekends January -May.) It’s hard to knit and entertain a 6 month old at the same time, but through naps and staying up past my bedtime I did manage to start adding to Josh’s hat again.

Slowly but surly.

Slowly but surly.

Tomorrow I will get to measure it on the boy’s head and hopefully find a stretchy enough bind off for it.  (Any suggestions?)  I will also put up a brief tutorial on how I picked up the stitches, assuming I can find the very helpful YouTube video that helped me (credit where credit is due of corse).

Anyone else have a crazy week?

 

 

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Pick it Up!

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What to do, what to do…

I’ve been working on my husband’s super bland alpaca hat. I even finished it. Then, Mr. Vanilla Hat Guy said it was to short. *sigh*

I decided rather than frogging the top of the hat I’d pick up stitches around the bottom. I’ve been attempting to pick up stitches ever since. I’m really hoping I won’t have to pick out my cast on, and frankly I’m not totally sure that would work anyway.

Anyone have suggestions on adding an inch to a finished hat? This thing is crazy making.

Not Done

Ya, big surprise there!  It didn’t help any that I didn’t realize that Saturday is TOMORROW!  Especially seeing as how the only way I’ve been getting knitting done the last few days has been like this…

Sorry for the bad cell picture, camera wasn't handy :/

Sorry for the bad cell picture, camera wasn’t handy :/

I swear she’s going to learn to knit before she can talk.

I did the math, and it looks like I’ve got about 50 looooong rows to go.  Which seriously sounds like too many.  Then again, I don’t math very well.  I’m also not totally sure I have enough yarn to make it there, and I know that it’s not going to get anywhere near done by morning.  It will probably be 85 and sunny tomorrow any how.

I am probably the slowest knitter in history though, especially considering how long I’ve actually been knitting.  The bum wrist doesn’t help that any either.  With the ever growing Little Sheep to carry around, I’ve been wearing my oh so sexy wrist brace almost 24/7 these days.  I had once found a list of wrist and finger stretches for knitters.  Apparently I need to start those up again.  For now, I’ll just continue on at my snail’s pace.

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On a shop note, I’m about to order some more blank yarn to dye up.  I’m trying to decide to get more of the same merino wool/nylon blend sock yarn (which I do love!, but wool during a San Diego summer, not so much), or, to branch out into some more warm weather yarns like silk or linen.  Any suggestions or favorites?

Uugggg

I had planned on posting a bunch this week.  I had done stuff!  I had pictures!  I even had a finished object for crying out loud!!!  Sadly, I also had food poisoning.  Nothing stifles productivity like your insides trying to escape :/

We started out the week having some good, clean, family fun.  We keep alternating between winter (our version of winter any way. ” Ooo, it’s only 60 out, better bundle up!”) and summer here.  Apparently we don’t get spring this year.  Anyway, on one of the warmer evenings we decided to pack Little Sheep’s blanket and head to the park with the beagles.

H. G. Hankle, always on the look out over Little Sheep :)

H. G. Hankle, always on the look out over Little Sheep 🙂

We even decided to let Little Sheep check out the grass for the first time.

Not sure the grass was more interesting than her tough.

Not sure the grass was more interesting than her though.

Tuesday we had our good friend Liz come into town for a visit.  She’s a super awesome baby person and had fun with LS while I tried to finish up Josh’s “Christmas” scarf before he took off to the frozen north of Toronto for work.  I’m happy to say I was successful!  Although I am ashamed to say that I suck at blocking.  Example:

4am flash photo, not so good

4am flash photo, not so good

I seriously need some blocking wires, and cats who are less interested in alpaca.  I had to pin it out in a separate room and close the door to keep the cats from rolling all over it.  Although maybe letting them once and letting them stick themselves with a stray pin might teach them a lesson… but I doubt it.  They are super stubborn.

Another lousy picture

Another lousy picture

I did really love how it blocked out, and you could finally see the single, manly, cable down the middle.  I was a little disappointed with how it tried to curl back up some once I repined it.  Is there a trick I’m missing?  It’s baby alpaca.  I soaked it in wool wash for a good hour before wringing it out and pinning it.  I had a fan on it to speed up the drying process, but I did let it dry completely before unpinning it and weaving in the ends.  (At 4am in order to send it with Josh on his 6:30am flight.  I must love him or something.)  I got to wrap it around his neck just in time to send him out the door 🙂

Since it’s just been LS and me the last few days, with not a whole lot to do other than work out the food poisoning, I finally got a little more knitting for myself done!  I’m plugging along on my “Baaad Sheep” mini shawl.

Slowly but surly

Slowly but surly

What started out as 10 stitches per row, is now over 150 stitches per row.  I’m hoping to use up the whole ball and get a nice scarf size.  I’m figuring I’m about half way there.  I am loving the make shift pattern it’s got going too.

Close up beauty shot

Close up beauty shot

I can’t wait to wear it!  Hopefully it will be done before the weather warms up too much.  I’m thinking about adding some nice warm weather yarn to the shop.  I’m not a huge fan of cotton, so probably a silk blend of some sort.  I’m totally open for suggestions… hint, hint.

 

Sweet Freedom!

After an extremely long week, and an even longer wedding day, full of rain and thunder and flooding (by Southern California standards), I am finally free of wedding responsibilities!!!  Woot!  Through all the chaos, we did have a good time and my sister is now happily on her honeymoon.  Did I get pictures of the center pieces I worked so hard on, no.  Did I catch someone in the act of underage debauchery?  Oh yes I did!

Don't worry, it was empty, and she didn't have it but for a second

Don’t worry, it was empty, and she didn’t have it but for a second

So, to reward myself for all the hard work, I started a shawlette!  In “Baaad Sheep” no less!  😀

 

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I’m making it up a little as I go.  It will be crescent shaped, and fairly simple.  I’m going to play with the pattern and some graph paper and I’ll hopefully have a pattern up soon.

Loving the subtle color changes of "Baaad Sheep!"

Loving the subtle color changes of “Baaad Sheep!”

Eventually I’ll stop ignoring all my left over Christmas projects, but for now I’m enjoying the nice, bouncy shawl 🙂

Anyone have any projects that they’re extra pleased with these days?

 

And the Holiday Sweatshop Continues

I hope everyone had a lovely holiday season, and a happy new year!

We had fun playing with the lights :)

We had fun playing with the lights 🙂

While I did finish a fair amount of knit gifts, including that sweet Santa hat Little Sheep is modeling for us (It was a simple 2X2 rim hat, where I put 3 rows between each decrease row.  And obviously, change colors accordingly, and add a fun pom-pom on top!), the holidays continue on at our house in the form of unfinished objects.

Still on the needles:  two cowls

I swear that's black yarn

I swear that’s black yarn

This one is being worked flat, with a seed stitch border.  When it’s done I’m going to sew the ends together, and attach some BIG buttons.  Not useful buttons mind you, just satisfyingly HUGE ones 😀

SAM_0433This cowl is knit in the same Swirl Hat pattern I’ve used before.  The only difference… instead of decreases, I’ll just put a few more rows of 2X2 rib.  Done!  (It’s also showing off my prototype Lazer Sheep stitch marker!)

One scarf

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This is a special scarf for my husband.  I sprung for some super soft baby alpaca.  Should have enough to make a matching hat as well.  I just stuck a basic cable in the middle.  My husband is a man, and his scarf should be manly as well.  No frilly stuff here.

One pair of fingerless gloves

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These I found on Ravelry, for my Dr. Who obsessed friend.  The pattern, The Oncoming Storm! They are modeled after the Daleks, villains in the show.

You’d think being home all the time I’d have plenty of spare time to finish up this knitting and get them off to their final destinations.  Too bad the Little Sheep doesn’t like watching the knitting needles go as much as I do.

How many projects do you have yet to finish?

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On a totally separate note, I’m working hard to get the Lazer Sheep Etsy shop up and running this month.  The yarn is all set to go.  The stitch markers on the other hand, are slow going.  The idea is that each colorway has their own Lazer Sheep character, and I want to send a stitch marker with its character out with each hank of yarn.  Through trial and error, I have a few ideas.  Hopefully I can get enough of them done to be ready to ship with this batch of yarn.  Since I’ve managed to hijack my parents’ computer, I’ll try to keep updated.  (I’m here every other day for laundry any how.)

All Caught Up! (For Now…)

Well, I’m plugging along on the baby blanket.  I am not a fast knitter by any means, and my dumb wrist (although getting better, yay!) isn’t helping me be any faster.  I haven’t decided yet just how long I want to make the blanket, but I’m about half way in either case.

Baby Blanket and Duffy 🙂

Here it is posed with a gift from a co-worker of mine, Duffy, in the bassinet we are going to use until we move to a larger apartment after the baby comes.

I’m loving how the yarn is knitting up!  Now might be a good time to confess that I can’t stand self striping or self patterning yarn.  Too predictable in my opinion.  I love how randomly this is knitting up, and yet it’s somehow evenly balanced throughout the blanket.  It looks like I’m going to have to dye up another two skeins before all is said and done.  I’m 37 weeks today, and little girl sheep could show up at any time really, so I’m trying to spend all my free time knitting on the blanket.

Fortunately, free time I now have!  Saturday was my last day working for the Mouse for now.  I’m going to miss it, especially my co-workers, but in all honesty I’m hoping to stay home with my little girl (dying yarn???) if at all possible.  It was a fun job while it lasted, and I’d love to work for them again, but family is first, and I’m having a hard time imagining handing over my little girl to a stranger for part of her days just so I can go sit at a desk.  I guess only time will tell how that one will play out.

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Another big milestone… I finally finished off, AND gifted my friends their wedding blanket!

The Happy Couple ❤

Arn’t they sweet!  I was lucky enough to have both of them at my baby shower in San Diego last week.

Here’s a close up of the heart detail…

Since I was late in getting the blanket to them in the first place (their wedding was on Aug 12, my shower, the 26th.  Oops!), and since I was IN the wedding, I used a ribbon from my bridesmaid bouquet to thread through the heart.  I think it was just the touch the blanket needed.  It turned out super cuddly and squishy, and I’m so happy they liked it 🙂

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Well, that’s me getting caught up.  I keep thinking about knitting myself a nice slouchy sweater for Fall, after the blanket is done, and probably after my little girl decides to show up.  What are you all working on, or daydreaming about working on as the case may be?